District Announcements

THE HOLBROOK PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS EARNED

LEVEL 2 STATUS!

 

The unfailing efforts of the students, teachers, staff and administration of the Holbrook Public Schools have enabled the District to achieve this unprecedented accomplishment.  The support of the parents and School Committee provided the continuous encouragement and financial resources essential to attaining this success.

 

The 2013-2014 school year was marked with personnel re-deployment and programmatic changes that were calculated and deliberate.  A new Curriculum Director, Reading Coordinator/Instructional Specialist, strategic mathematics teacher assignments, supplementary mathematics classes, and an enhanced Bulldog Academy contributed to the District’s improvement.  Faculty and staff diligently applied themselves throughout the year aligning curriculum to the approved standards and ensuring that students mastered the identified critical skills and concepts.

 

Established by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) scores for students in grades 3 through 10 determine the District’s rating.  Based on its lowest ranked school, a district is labeled Level 1 through Level 5 with Level 1 designating the top performing districts or schools.  Individually, the schools are ranked: John F. Kennedy – Level 2; South – Level 1; and the Junior-Senior High – Level 2.  The 2013-2014 MCAS scores were exceptional since the status rating is determined on the basis of the current scores plus a three-year “look back.”  Therefore, this year’s rating is also affected by the previous three years of data.

 

Although we are proud of this achievement, we are not satisfied with Level 2 status.  Continuous improvement is our goal and we will not settle for less than Level 1 status.  On November 4, 2014, the Holbrook taxpayers will have the opportunity to join in recognizing the students’ remarkable performance and assisting them in achieving Level 1 status by providing an adequate, tremendously improved educational environment; the new Pre-K to grade 12 building, equipped with 21st Century technology and resources, will enhance the educational experience and opportunities for all Holbrook students.

 

 

 


Daily Announcements

Dedicated to those who served in 9/11 and after in conjunction with 9/11.org Day of Service Tribute Movement, the South School is holding a used book drive this month. 

We will be collecting books until Tuesday, September 30th.  The books will then be donated to the YMCA for use in their after school programs.  

Want to know what our school district's plans are for 2014-15?  Check here for a presentation by Dr. Lally on our "Plans for Excellence."

Welcome Back! Check here monthly for updates and communications from Principal Stevens and important dates to put on your calendar.  For this month's issue, click here.

The South School Band and Chorus will starting up soon. Registration forms for both groups will be sent home the week of September 8th and can be accessed here. We will have two bands...beginning and experienced.

The experienced band will meet on Tuesdays from 2:15-3:00, beginners will have lessons on Wednesdays after school, and the chorus will meet on Thursdays from 2:15-3:00. Please consider having your child join band, chorus, or both!
 

Join the Community Group that is interested in promoting 
the new PreK-12 School Bui
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ding

Volunteers are needed to work towards the passage of the debt exclusion vote in November 2014.


Please call Karen Santorelli at the kikisanto@verizon.net if you are willing to join the effort that will benefit the whole town.

Student Safety Reminders

Pick Up/Drop Off - Please do not stop in front of the school building. Pull around to the farthest parking lot. This will allow buses and cars to get off of South Franklin Street much quicker.

Buses - When buses are loading or unloading in front of the school building and red lights are flashing, cars should not be passing.

South Franklin Street - Parking in front of the yellow pole on the south side creates a visibility issue for the crossing guard. Please do not park there if loading or unloading.

Speed Limit/Crosswalk - Please keep your speed at or below the 20 MPH posted limit. Stop for anybody in crosswalks. 

Thank you for keeping South School students safe!

Old Colony YMCA
Before and After School Programs 
The Old Colony Y is proud to be continuing their two school age child care programs in Holbrook for the ‘14'-15' school year. They are delighted to be able to serve Holbrook children through before and after school programs in both the Kennedy School and South School.

For information and questions, please contact the YMCA at 781-341-2016 ext. 290 or visit their Registration Website or click here for the brochure.


South School
Breakfast and Lunch Prices


Breakfast - $1.50
Lunch - $2.50

Reduced and free lunch forms will be sent home upon the beginning of the school year.

Bus Transportation Change Request


All students are scheduled to ride the bus from their home address. If you are requesting a change in your child’s bus stop to a day care address, you must fill out a form for this. Forms are available in the school office for next year or you can download here:
 
 
This form must be approved annually. Please note that transportation requests must be submitted by Friday, August 9, 2013 in order to be effective for the start of the 2013 – 2014 school year. Forms can be mailed to the JFK School at 339 Plymouth Street, Attention: Kathy Franchi.

Tuesday, September 30
Experienced Band
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday, October 1
Beginner Band
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Social Club
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Student Council
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday, October 2
Picture Day
Chorus
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Today, 9/30/2014
High: 64 Low: 55
Chance rain showers
25% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 10/1/2014
High: 64 Low: 54
Chance rain showers
28% chance of precipitation.